SFoodie recently took a gander at the new location of Bombay Ice Cream on South Van Ness, under the Central Freeway ― blocks from Walzwerk and Rainbow Grocery. The new location shares a building with an antiques store ― Lost Art Salon ― and is significantly more spacious than the old shop. But since not much foot traffic was expected, grocery items fill most of the space, and perishable food choices are limited to tubs of ice cream ($4.95/pint) and veggie samosas ($1.25 each). Sadly, no individual ice cream scoops or cones, milkshakes, kulfi (creamy popsicles), or specials. On weekends they'll feature chaat (savory snacks) like pani puri (bite-sized hollowed-out frybread, with sauces), bhel puri (puffed rice with veggies), and chhole (garbanzo bean stew).
We spoke with owner Suresh Parmar, who explained that this location is only temporary, and that they'll return to Valencia Street when renovations are completed in six to seven months.
If you're in need of a fix, you can stop by the store for a pint. Currently, the flavors include gulkand (rose petal, a customer favorite), black walnut, falooda (not the drink), mango, green tea, pista-almonds, cardamon, cardamon rose, butter-pecan, St. Lemon cheese, marble fudge, and chiku (misspelled as "chicoo" on the label). SFoodie hopes they'll reconsider and offer individual servings for the summer.
Bombay Ice Cream: 245 South Van Ness (at Erie), 510-706-2511.